1. A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has faulted state pardon granted to convicted office holders, saying that such could lead to heavy corruption in the country. He argued that such should be controlled. He was speaking on the topic, “Corruption, and the challenge of good governance’’ at a lecture organised by an association of Muslim businessmen, The Companion, in Lagos on Sunday.
2. Open market pharmacies will be shut as from July this year. This was disclosed by the Director General, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi. Orhii while speaking during the inauguration of a pharmaceutical facility worth N70m, built by Worldwide Commercial Ventures Limited in Matori, Lagos said there were many negatives attached to the operation of open market pharmacies.
4.No fewer than five million persons have been displaced as a result of insurgency in the country. The Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. John Owan-Enoh said this while delivering a lecture at the 2014 Annual World Refugee Day held in Ibadan.
5. The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Chief John Oyegun, and the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu were on Sunday in Osun state to meet with the former governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, in Okuku. The APC leaders and others were in the state to solicit the support of the former military administrator of Lagos State, saying they wanted him to be part of their mission. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2
6. Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan at the weekend reacted to the claim by former governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke that the Minister punched him on his chest, saying if he had punched the former governor, he wouldn’t have survived it, threatening to confront Adeleke in a physical fight whenever he is out of office as a member of the Federal Executive Council FEC.
7. At least 40 persons, were killed during the weekend when suspected Boko Haram fighters stormed the villages of Chuha A, Chuha B, and Korongilim in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State. The attackers reportedly destroyed houses, shops and vehicles after taking away foodstuff and livestock.
8. A suspected to be a Boko Haram suicide bomber on Sunday in a military post at Gwoza, near a secondary school, killed three soldiers and leaving three others injured. Report says the bomber came through Wala and Warabe villages on high speed and hit the military post, resulting to a deafening sound.
9. Members of Edo State House of Assembly will be sitting today even with the ongoing crisis confronting the Assembly. Ahead of today sitting, Governor Adams Oshiomhole has advised the four suspended Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers in the House to obey the court order which restrained them from attending the House sittings.